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'Once Upon A Time: The Complete Second Season'
(Jennifer Morrison, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Jared Gilmore, et al / 5-Disc / Not Rated / 2013 / ABC Studios)

Overview: Relive every thrilling moment as ABC's 'Once Upon A Time: The Complete Second Season' casts its tantalizing spell. The curse is broken, magic has arrived, and there's no telling what - or who - will be unleashed!

Blu ray Verdict: It has to be said that I seriously considered charging over all the plot lines of the first season again here in this review. But, as it's season two, and you should already know what happens in the first great season, well, let's get right on with it, shall we!

Season Two of 'Once Upon a Time' had many good developments. Indeed, we got to see the wonderful Red/Ruby and Belle upgraded to series regulars. We got a intriguing new character with depth in Michael Raymond James' Neal Cassidy and Barbara Hershey is fantastic as villain Cora. We also get to see the coming together of the Charming family which is the heart of the show.

Overall, I love how most of the characters are three dimensional, and to be honest that is what pushes the story forward. The only main character who never really developed during this season was Emma. In fact, the writers kinda put her aside. She just doesn't get as much screen time as season one. Of course, Mr. Gold's character was brilliant as usual. We got to see more of his back story, and see him in many different scenarios, which the actor did an awesome job in portraying a man from so many angles.

Perhaps, if truth be wholly told, some let downs in season two is that too much time is spent, and sympathy for the villains at the expense of the good guys. Too little of Ruby and Belle when they were made regulars and some loose storylines - such as August's and hype over Hook as a kickbutt villain when he is reduced to cheesy pick up lines and Coyote chasing the road runner storyline!

Regardless, in coming up with a new way to market the Disney properties, this mish-mash of popular fairy tales along with other Disney properties advances what was once the Sunday night ritual of watching the old Disney series on network TV to a must see, cliffhanger fantasy series. That said, I sometimes find the attempts at contemporary political commentary via scripting to be a bit manipulative and therefore I watch with a cautious eye.

Basically, there's always something new happening, especially now that the curse has broken in Storybrooke. New plots keep you on the edge of your seat and dying to know what happens next. Snow White and Prince Charming try to hold the town together despite evil people like Cora, Regina, and Rumpelstiltskin. And the mysterious visitors from out of town, of course. Lest we forget about them!

In closing, the first series was good, but this one is excellent! These are all Widescreen Presentations (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

A Fractured Family Tree - Narrated by Sarah Hyland of ABC's 'Modern Family'
Audio Commentary - 'The Miller's Daughter'
Good Morning Storybrooke- Featurette
Sincerely, Hook - Featurette
Girl Power - Featurette
Bloopers
Audio Commentaries
Deleted Scenes

www.abc.com/OnceUponATime





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